for The Yard
Reno's Tribeca Loft
February 1, 2007
Written by Wendy R.
Photographed by Mary Blanco
(Opposite Photo: Patricia
Downtown performance artist Reno
hosted a party on February 1st to honor Patricia
N. Nanon, choreographer and founder of The Yard,
a performance art community in Chilmark, Massachusetts
(Martha's Vineyard). Ms. Nanon was gifting the organization
with the lands on which it operates, a gift worth
more than two million dollars according to the press
release. As Sarah Hughes, the president of the Board
of Trustees said, this gift will enable The Yard
to continue to give the "gift of dance."
The room was filled with dancers
and choreographers, easily identified by their elongated
necks and ability to stand in modified first position
and also by their love for Ms. Nanon and The Yard.
And it was a wonderful room, Reno has a huge book-filled
loft in Tribeca which easily accommodated the approximately
fifty guests, many of whom I am sure were as overcome
with loft envy as I was.
Reno, the evening's hostess, regaled
the audience with tales of her love of Martha’s
Vineyard, dance and dancers. She said that many
of her girlfriends have been dancers or choreographers
so she has always been a lover of the dance.
After the ceremony, we caught
up with Reno and her dog Edith Ann. She (Reno, not
Edith Ann) showed us the wall in her office where
she has clippings from her life, including marvelous
photos of the recently deceased Texas Governor Ann
Richards. Another Texan friend of Reno's and a writer
admired by many (including me), Molly
Ivins, had died the day before and Reno found
out about Ivin's death while she was speaking to
the group. Both Ivins and Richards are sorely missed
stars from the Constellation of Uppity Women with
Something to Say! .
Reno and Edith Ann (the
(Scroll down for more about Edith Ann)
|Martin Lofsnes and Jonathan
When we saw the photos
(after the party and before we put up this article),
we immediately realized that we did not have any
information on one of the evening's celebrities,
Reno's pouch Edith Ann. So we quickly emailed Jonathan
Marder of General Strategic Marketing. Jonathan
immediately realized the urgency of the situation
and got in touch with Reno who replied:
"Edith is mostly poodle,
got her through Petfinder.com at Flora’s Pet
Project (Marianne Smith in Naugatuck, Ct) on July
19th 2004. Some fool who didn’t know that
a female dog in heat got pregnant if not watched
had dropped of 4 2 day old pups from her straight
ahead poodle and Marianne bottle fed them to health.
Edith Ann was 3 oz. The suspicion is that the cockapoo
on the block was the father, but no one knows for
sure. Edith’s brothers are twice her size,
black and have that great wiry poodle hair. Her
sister didn’t survive. I adopted Edith when
she was 9 weeks old, as soon as Marianne allowed,
and after they were neutered.'
My friend James who came with me said I should name
her after Lily [Tomlin].
There’s a little movie I
made for the North Shore Animal League’s “DogCatemy
Awards” where it won ‘Best Dogumentary’
this December. You can see it on the first page
of my website, citizenreno.com."
For more information about The
Yard, log onto:http://www.dancetheyard.org/